I'm not a professional nose, so the best way I can describe Voyage D'Hermes is this: It smells expensive. It smells like leather. In fact, it smells to me like like what I can only imagine an exquisitely made saddle would smell like: Like expensive leather.
In other words, it smells just like a fragrance by Hermes should.
I read the book Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster a while back, and I was struck by how Hermes is one of the few truly luxury houses left. If there's one thing I can't stand is things that are expensive based on a logo and past reputation. Why should you pay a fortune for something that's made nearly as cheaply as mass-market goods?
You shouldn't, is the point.
This fragrance smells better hours after you wear. It's confident, subtle, and leathery -- in a good way.
The people at Hermes sent me
a small sample of this fragrance to try. I was not compensated for this post. As is my policy, I
accepted the sample without committing to writing about it - either positively or negatively. However, I like the fragrance enough that I'd buy it when my sample runs out. Just so you know.